On the first Earth Day in 1970, over 20 million people in the US alone participated. Today, Earth Day is recognized in over 190 countries around the world. We happen to think it’s a day worth taking a minute to honor. Earth! Of all the planets and all the galaxies, we were lucky to be born here and call Earth our home. Now that there are so many people on this planet consuming necessary resources, we have a deeper and more urgent responsibility to be mindful and take better care of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the oceans we enjoy swimming in. For many of us, the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” has been part of the vernacular our whole lives and we have been shaped into adept recyclers at home and at our workplaces. At 6S, each of our offices partner with local companies that help us do our part to keep our home beautiful and prosperous for generations to come.
In our lunchroom, each week we compost nearly 35 gallons of food waste and recycle over 35 gallons of mixed containers, thanks to a locally founded company and Dragon’s Den slayer Growing City. Our recent diversion reports tallied the weight of our to-date compost to be the equivalent of 40 mountain bikes, 2 dairy cows or 10 office copy machines. We’ve also had a Wa-2! water filtration system installed for years, so you’ll never see a plastic water bottle around here.
In 2014, we diverted over 1,000 lbs of paper to be shredded and recycled with Metro Vancouver waste management company Urban Impact. That means we helped save 13,441 litres of water, 9 trees and 2,080kwh of electricity! When you consider that the majority of water use goes to irrigation and food production, saving water is a priority.
Our company is growing fast and in this industry we need to stay up to date with the latest technologies. As such, we are constantly repurposing electronics with the help of ERA: Electronics Recycling Association. They are a local non-profit that specializes in refurbishing and donating IT equipment to schools, senior centres, and other non-profits.
This year, our Vancouver office will participate in the BC Commuters Challenge from May 31 – June 6. Already 93% of our staff takes transit, bikes or walks to work every single day. Even though it’s not a stretch for us to commute without cars, the reality that we are a mostly green culture deserves a high five! This year, we’ll log the sustainable commutes using the www.best.bc.ca interface and acknowledge our reduced carbon footprint with cool prizes from MEC, Science World, and the Vancouver Canadians.
At the end of the day, it feels really good to be part of a community that values the planet so well and takes active strides to achieve balance. It makes reducing, reusing, and recycling that much easier when we get by with a little help from our like-minded friends.